The Australian Federal Government has renewed National Jet Systems’ (NJS) contract to serve the Cocos (Keeling) and Christmas Islands for three years. The new contract became effective on 1 April. NJS will use its Avro RJ70 to operate the twice weekly service to the Indian Ocean islands from Perth. NJS […]
The test program which began with Saturday’s maiden flight is expected to last until early 2002. In the first phase of the program, testing will focus mainly on confirming aircraft handling characteristics and the operation of the new systems. The second phase will focus on performance testing. During this phase, […]
The new Avro RJX took to the air for the first time on 28 April. RJX-85 msn G-ORJX (msn E2376) took off at 12:16 local time from Woodford, with Avro RJX Project Pilot Alan Foster at the controls. Blustery April weather had threatened to further delay the flight, but lightning, […]
Albanian Airlines is joining the ranks of BAe 146 operators. The Albanian national airline is acquiring a series 200 previously operated by Malmö Aviation from the Trading and Services business of BAE Systems Aircraft Services Group. Albanian decided on the BAe 146 as a replacement for its Tupolev Tu-134s a […]
Exeter-based British European is increasing its cooperation with Air France. In addition to operating several BAe 146s on behalf of the French airline, British European will also codeshare with Air France on UK domestic routes. Air France is hoping the deal will help it entice British passengers to bypass British […]
The first Avro RJX-85, G-ORJX (msn E2376), began taxi trials at Woodford on 20 April. The first flight is imminent.
Qantas regional subsidiary Southern Australia has moved the maintenance operations for its three BAe 146s from Adelaide to a new hangar at Launceston airport, in Tasmania. National Jet Systems, who undertakes 146 maintenance under contract to Southern, has relocated 15 engineers to Launceston. The new facility will ease maintenance, since […]
New Zealand’s Tasman Pacific Airlines, which operates as Qantas New Zealand, ceased flying late on Friday, 20 April, and was placed in receivership early the following morning. The airline’s fleet, including its eight BAe 146-300s, have been parked. The owners of the financially-troubled airline had been negotiating to sell it […]
BAe 146-200 G-JEAX (msn E2136) of British European began operating on behalf of Austrian Airlines from early April, on services from Wien to Budapest.
Avro RJ operator Mesaba Airlines has signed a 10-year agreement with Pan Am International Flight Academy (PAIFA) to provide it with flight training services. Under the terms of the agreement, PAIFA will establish a new training center in Minneapolis to train Mesaba’s Avro RJ85 and SAAB 340 crews. The center, […]